Oxford, Conn. – June 4th, 2019 – Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ) is partnering with The D-Day Squadron, part of the Tunison Foundation, to support the Squadron’s mission to return historic aircraft back to Normandy in time for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
“This is a monumental undertaking with a core focus on honoring the service of those that lifted into the night of June 5th 1944 and those that hit the beaches the next morning,” said Lyndse Costabile, Corporate and Donor Relations,
Global Media/PR Liaison for the D-Day squadron. “With such complicated logistics and planning, we would never be able to pull this mission off without partners like DFJ. I cannot overstate my appreciation of their support and we look forward to working with them to bring historic warbirds once again over the skies of Normandy.”
Lyndse will get a chance to visit members of the DFJ team as they are exhibitors at the upcoming Paris Airshow on June 17-23. During this event, the D-Day Squadron plans to visit with several key partners to the mission, and it’s reported recently that the Commemorate Air Force will bring both the C-47 “That’s All, Brother” and the C-53 “D-Day Doll” to put on static display during the public days, June 21st-23rd, as part of their European tour.
But before that, on June 5th, 2019 the largest group of C-47 and DC-3 aircraft in decades will cross the English Channel. When the D-Day Squadron join with its European counterpart, Daks over Normandy, to create this formation, both groups will also participate in multiple events on June 2nd-5th, 2019 in Duxford UK and at Caen-Carpiquet Airport from June 5th-9th, 2019.
DFJ has already provided significant support to the D-Day Squadron, when the organization participated as a title sponsor of the official D-Day Squadron Kick-Off Dinner and celebration that was held at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford Connecticut on Friday, May 17th, 2019. After the kickoff, Squadron aircraft flew the original "Blue Spruce" route used to ferry military aircraft during WW2 that include refueling stops in Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) in Newfoundland, Canada, Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) in southern Greenland, Reykjavik Airport (BIRK) in Iceland and refueling a final time at Prestwick Airport (EPIK) on the Western coast of Scotland before making the final leg to Duxford Airfield (EGSU).
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Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 90 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,500 Falcon jets have been delivered. Dassault offers a range of six business jets from the twin-engine 3,350 nm large-cabin Falcon 2000S to its flagship, the tri-engine 6,450 nm ultra-long range Falcon 8X and the new ultra-widebody cabin Falcon 6X.